Liverpool fans lay into 22-year-old, can't believe he wasn't subbed against Southampton
By Alex Stevens
Emre Can played the full 90 minutes of Liverpool’s League Cup semi-final defeat to Southampton on Wednesday night – and fans took to Twitter to pan his display.
The midfielder, 22, lined up alongside Lucas and Georginio Wijnaldum in the centre of the pitch but could not prevent his side sliding to a 1-0 loss in the first leg of the tie at St Mary’s Stadium.
Can was one of only three players – along with Lucas and Loris Karius – to retain their places from the weakened side that drew against Plymouth in the FA Cup last Sunday.
But the full-strength side fared even worse and supporters were particularly frustrated by the performance of Germany international Can, who has failed to recapture his form of last season during a difficult third campaign at the club.
Many Liverpool fans claimed he was extremely fortunate not to have been substituted during the second half, while others simply said he was dreadful.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Jacob Larkman (@jacob_larkman) January 11, 2017
Can and Lucas very poor #lfc
— andy craggs (@moshkinstien) January 11, 2017
Can we have the Can of last season please? Ever since his ankle injury he’s been much slower. Puts his teammates in trouble a lot #LFC
— Anfield Anonymous (@AnfieldAnon) January 11, 2017
Emre Can must be the only player to have gone backwards under Klopp. #lfc
— Ram Karthigasu (@ramgk) January 11, 2017
Can’t believe Emre Can is still on the park! Quite unbelievable. Dreading Sunday! #LFC
— Leanne Stones (@leanneJFT96) January 11, 2017
Why are Can and Sturridge still on?, done nothing all night, awful performance this! #LFC
— Tyler Davies (@Tylerdavies1998) January 11, 2017
I’m Klopp’s biggest fan but how Origi hasn’t replaced Can about an hour ago is beyond me! #LFC
— Craig Sperrin (@spezlfc) January 11, 2017
Emre Can wouldn’t have looked out of place in Sunday League tonight. #LFC
— Dan Rawlinson (@Danrawly) January 11, 2017
Liverpool are now set for the second leg at Anfield in a fortnight’s time as they aim to reach the final of the League Cup for a second consecutive year.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is eyeing what would be a third final in just 15 months at the Liverpool helm, after also taking the club to the Europa League final.